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my little house has wheels on it. >> even the crete us are headed for higher ground. and several low lying back roads of flooded and it only took a foot of water to stall out this car. >> we were coming from windsor and going to the small. and we were taking the back roads by sack rosa. >> samuel and his friends said they saw the flood warning signs but tried to cross anyway. >> once we got to the water you could see the car just like smoke started coming out and they tried to turn the car off and turn it back on. didn't work. so we opened the doors and all the water just came in. >> everybody thinks they can come through it, and they don't make it. >> nicholas william, who lives nearby, said he pulled three cars out of this flooded park of west mark station road. >> when they do that to their car, what happens? >> they ruin it. costs them with $5,000 to replace the motor. >> so far the storms have done relatively little damage up hear in the north bay but the ground is pretty well saturated. and we have another wave of rain coming at us. reporting in santa rosa, i'm allen wong, abc7
photoings to us. we spoke to debbie. she works across the street from the fire. she told us she heard the roof collapse and then saw the debris falling. take a look at this video. this was sent to you report it. that's the thick, black smoke we have been talking about. but it's an important complex in the foreground. and the smoke pouring from the building, behind t. no injuries aren'ted at the scene -- reported at the scene. no one's gone to the hospital with respiratory problems. we have posted videos and photos on our web site. >> ominous looking at the sky. now at 4:00, a surprise in washington. u.n. ambationz dorsusan rice has taken herself out of the running for the secretary of state. >> she had been the frontrunner the federal post. she faced criticism from senate republicans who have taken issue with her initial statements about the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi, libya. rice submitted a letter to president obam apredicting the confirmation process would be lengthy, time consuming and costly. noting the unfairness of the attacks, massachusetts senator, john kerry is now th
that the weapons used were purchased by nancy between 2010 and 2012. she took adam to a firing range at least once. qrnor of connecticut has called for a moment of silence and for church bells to ring this coming friday morning at the exact time of the shootings. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> governor malloy is calling for houses of worship to ring their bells at the same he wants 26 chimes for the 26 victims, also calling for a nationwide moment of silence in friday at 6:30, one week after the shootings took place. >>> new this morning, in light of the connecticut tragedy, california teachers pension fund is reviewing investment with a private equity firm that controls the maker of the rifle used by the newtown gunman the retirement system had 3/4 of a billion dollars invested with the company bushmaster. others may follow suit. >>> the school tragedy in connecticut has reignited national debate on gun control, sales are soaring before congress passes any new restrictions. terry mcsweeney will have more on that coming up in a live report in 30 minutes. >>> abc7 news will continue to cover the tr
not tell us what kind. a neighbor told us this shooting hit home for her because of what happened to her brother last year in another city. we'll hear from her tonight at 6:00. >> there has been yet another shooting in oakland today. all about the same time the police chief and city's mayor are trying to bring in some top cops to brief up crime fighting strategies. there will be a return to community policing. chief howard jordan wants to hire policemangers to act as consultants.e bill bratten is going to lead the team with vaughn waserman from boston. >> we'll give him recommendations to make sure that they're implementing it. it's my responsibility. >> this after a jauj agreed to have a court appointed director oversee the police department. the oakland city council going to complete in january to consider that plan. and coming up on abc 7 news at 6:00 abc 7 news's nick smith looks into how much this duo will cost the city. >> a church is trying to show young people alternatives to the kind of activities that can get them into trouble. allen? >> this may look like average lock in. but
shadowbrook due to downed wires until 10:30, use again arbor to get around. westbound 580 at basco slowing before the scene lane three blocked. >>> breaking news in the south bay. police and arson investigator on the scene of a home in campbell where firefighters were called for a fire around 5 -- around 1 a.m., inside side a storage room they found a body. terry mcsweeney is there getting the latest information. he will have a live report@v at about 6:30. >>> police agencies in san jose investigating a 911 call about a person with a gun that brought major police action to city college of san jose last night. video shows a s.w.a.t. team going floor by floor searching the locked down campus. several hours of searching, nobody was found, students were released. they say it was scary considering the shooting spree that played out last week in connecticut. police say they aren't sure if the report was a hoax or not. the caller was reporting someone else had seen a gun. >>> developing news, i-5 closed to all northbound traffic north of reading. in the last hour, we learned, 75 vehicles were in
and creeks filling either to their limits or unfortunately in some cases over their limits. one man tells us he watched the banks of the russian river rise to 17 feet yesterday. he was packing his belongings. this morning he's planning to head for higher ground. >> i think it will be up to here because the flood stage or the expectations at gurnville is 32 feet. >> flood signs popped up across highways and low lying back roads. some drivers ignored those warning signs, you can see, and tried to cross anyway with no luck. a windsor resident said he pulled three cars out of a flooded part of the road. the russian river, meanwhile, is expected to reach its capacity, but not surpass that throughout this weekend. but residents we've spoken with say they are focused on tomorrow. both their preparations and concerns for tomorrow's storm. reporting live in petaluma, abc7 news. >> and we see she has taken off her hood in the last half-hour so a break for folks in petaluma right now. people in the santa cruz mountains not getting a break. they are still without power and highway 9 is still shut down
get alerts from us on twitter. >> we have developing news right now concerning the health of former president george hw bush. mr. bush is now in intensive care at houston's methodist hospital. a spokesman says he's in guarded condition, alert, talking with medical staff, and he's surrounded by family. he's 88 years old now. he has been in the hospitalÑ"@n% for more than a month with a"@n% fighting a strong fever that got worse this week. doctors put him on a liquid diet this morning. >> sky 7 hd over the scene in san francisco. crews rescued a construction worker after a long fall. the victim was unconscious when firefighters arrived. the man fell 20 feet to the cuttout. a stairwell will be placed in a home, it took 10 minutes for anyone to realize what happened. the worker is hospitalized apparently in critical condition. >> police in alameda investigating the christmas night stabbing that injured four people about 10:15 last night on louie starville avenue. police say a family member stabbed four others after an argument broke out during a holiday gathering. a woman was taken int
in wine country. several inches of rain there. laura anthony joins us life things have improved but this is one of the trouble spots. one of the first to flood in this area. heavy rains move into petaluma that is what happened this morning. and overnight, into the north bay. willow brook creek began to overrun banks. think of this as a water way because it was so low this week. here on industrial avenue water front caused the parking lot to flood. >> this disrupts our ability to brait the company. we can't load from the dock. our employees zront a place to park. >> this water came up quickly this morning. we're hoping it stays where it is now. >> that is a gentleman that live as long the petaluma river. this is a refrigeration business near the river. it hasn't flooded in years. when it did it was in conditions like this. with high tides projected to be at seven feet on sunday, the concern is that that river with grounds saturated that river and creeks like the one behind this property will overflow again. we'll hear more from folks getting ready for this weekend's new round of
near fair grounds. residents evacuated as the water rose quickly. and could have used gondolas to get around. the water receded with only mud and debris to indicate this had been a flood plain. a good indication of the severity of the storm moved through. >> and there is a bit of a detour heading downtown. >> big section of roads in lafayette collapsed yesterday during the storm. abc 7 news explains restoring utilities is easy part. >> it's a huge hole in the middle of mountain view drive forced people to tryout new normal today. they now have a detour in morning routine. >> it's extraordinary. i know it's going to add another i don't know. five to 10 minutes of driving every day just to get him to school. i can't imagine for everyone else. >> city leaders say it will be this way sometime. >> this will not be used until spring or summer. >> last night, and this morning focusing on getting people utilities up and running. the road collapsed, it receivered water and sewage lines. crews put tubes in place to get water to people which worked but at the patterson house that meant a comprom
to mostly sunny conditions this afternoon and temperatures ranging from 46 to 50 all of us drop back into the low to mid 40s once the sunsets through 7:00. ran on the way tomorrow and saturday coming up in the nextgp forecast. n,h$qbg overturned vehicle southbound 680 at coopman sunol grade off-ramp the highway injuries involved ambulance en route update in a couple of minutes.nó;g elsewhere busy not bad a little more crowded westbound 80 east shore commute between golden gate fields and macarthur maze once you funnel into the bay bridge toll no problems southbound golden gate bridge busier no delays at the limit across the span touu8u san jose north 87 pt the hp pavilion nice looking ride. >>> this morning, a peninsula thousands of pieces mail is due to appear in a courtroom.yyn terry mcsweeney joins us live with how investigators say>;sr e carried out the crimes. jk matsch -yÑ the -- mail a postal carrier he just not delivered it that would be#2"0n one thing it is wt he did after that got him in trouble. natan of san bruno he has been charged with credit card forgely, id theft, p
called us but this is what we know about the theft. there are a thousand items mostly taken from car break ins, cell phones lap tops and cameras expensive designer goods. it's here. most items stolen at fisherman's wharf in the embarcadero. police did not find one very important fees of stolen property they were looking for. >> we're looking for some electronic devices taken in an from the event that originally caused all this to go into motion. >> the lieutenant did not tell us what it is. but a source with knowledge of the investigation tells abc 7 news, external hard drive of a yet to be released movie from paramount studios stolen in mid-november about a week after security cameras at the pier 39 garage captured images of the suspects breaking into a car and their get away car's license plate. that led to their arrest in late november. the discovery of a huge hole of stolen goods. police hope the film would be here, our source tells us the copy was stolen and the pier 39 garage before a -- from a rental car leased from someone in southern california here working on the movie soun
gets very heavy. this is the last system that takes us through sunday morning. that brings flood warnings to the rivers of the north bay. very gusty winds that is behind us by tomorrow afternoon. >> katie: the roads are certainly slippery out there. there is a severe traffic alert on northbound 280 before the 101. there is an injury accident there. we understand the two left lanes are blocked. if you are driving you are advised to avoid that area. no estimated time right now as to when the roadways reopen. this is north 280 before 101 due to an injury accident in the roadway. we don't know for sure whether or not that is weather-related but it's a decent guess. as lisa mentioned there is a flood warning in effect near the napa river and further south there is flood watches as water levels continued to rise. live in petaluma with one body of water as an example. >> reporter: good morning. i just wanted to mention, here it's been raining steadily for the last hour and a half here. just behind us, this was emptied on thursday. those heavy rains helped fill it. the light rains today
overlooking sausalito. >> best we can tell you is that most of us survived this latest wave of storms unscathed. there have been more than a few. we tracked some of them down, today. here is a question. if a giant oak crashes down and no one hears it does the tree make a sound? if it close that's road five hours, is a nuisance? katie kerr two who found the fallen tree would give us a resounding yes. but she's positive... >> it could be snow. that would be worse. >> could have fought faulen on the car. >> yes. really. disaster. >> sonoma county has a program to trim the!!9u overhanging branches of the road-hugging trees but can't get all of them. four have fallen in four days. tangled remains of this one looked like surewood forest. now to southern marin. yet another tree fell across sausalito boulevard. residents heard that one. and they have had three down now and more trees to follow. >> all right. we lost wayne's audio there. i think we got the gist of the story. a three-car accident closed three roads and it was a nightmare on the bridge traffic wise backed up into the city. chp
and as city managers told us. yesterday qualifies as a rainy day. in lafayette, abc 7 news. >> this did thank you. near scott's valley would be closed sometime as well. you can see part of one lane has been washed away. this is a sparsely populated area but people who live here it's going to be inconvenient getting around this closure, officials should have a better idea how long this will take within the next few days. >> we're learning tonight 30,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled out of a man hole during the storm. the ross valley sanitary district blaimz it on a clogged sewer line. some 20,000 gallons washed in the local creeks and streams. >> students will be back in class tomorrow in a marin county middle school closed today because of storm damage. a building in white hall middle school took significant damage when a culvert backed up, flooding four classrooms. the library and administrative offices were flooded. >> anticipating flooring replaced depending on what the damage is. we may need to remove furniture. it's attached to the wall. >> 620 students attend this school. >> from flood
. there were others injured as well, no word yet on the their conditions. >> sandhya warned us north bay would get the brunt of the storm. that has. mark matthews has a wrap up of the conditions. mark? >> we're here creekside and as you can see, the camera pulls out, plenty of room for water to rise, but the creek showing signs of the levels. in larks spur, the storm knock out electricity to several hundred residents, pg&e reports 2000 customer was out power. 447 students in wade thomas elementary called to say no school because there is no power. >> every parent in the classroom was called so we take care of the 19 classrooms. >> the assistant superintendent tells us the phone tree system worked great. other trees didn't fare so well. this came down last night. >> residents described a wild night. >> crazy i woke up about mid night. i don't think anyone on the dock saw a night's sleep. >> what's happening? >> wind, houses moving. it was just, you know, crazy. like living on the high seas along 101, wind tore up this tent. >> the rain coming underneath the camper. lifting it up like this. >> t
as the driver of that white car walks to the front door of a home. he grabs the package, uses his jacket to conceal it and drives off. this happened saturday at a house on logan drive. anyone with information about that person is asked to call fremont police. >>> abc7 news has learned state public health department has decertified a facility. that facility cares for patients with intellectual disabilities there have been charges of faulty investigations into incidents of patients being harmed including a story we break that patients were being tased, the facility will lose its medicaid funding with >>> oakland mayor has asked federal prosecutors to back off and leave america's largest medical marijuana dispensary alone. attorneys for the city of oakland filed papers on behalf of the center. claiming the federal government said in a patent filing that cannibus compounds are useful in the treatment of some diseases. oakland receives 1.4 million per year intacts from licensed dispensaries. >>> wyche -- we've had fatal accident on san mateo bridge. let's find out the latest on that >>> hopin
as loss, salary, wages. >> reporter: while cnh enterprises makes components out of aluminum used in the semiconductor industry. tomorrow the company will meet with employees to try to discuss how to resume operations here as soon as possible, either here or at a very nearby location. the cause of the fire at the moment unknown. i've in fremont, abc 7 news. >> thank you. >> we want to show you more video of the fire sent. in. you can see a apartment complex in the foreground. those plumes of black smoke pouring from the plant. we posted more video and photographs along with video taken by a sky 7hd on our web site. abc7news.com. >> more break husband, oakland police investigating a homicide. a man shot in the middle of a resident street. 83rd avenue and e street. you can see the police have closed off that block while they try to figure out exactly what happened. no word yet on a motive or possible systems in this killing. >>> shock and anguish for the families of those being cared for at the sonoma developmental center, it provides care to hundreds of patients patients wh intelle
's talk about today. partly cloudy, a little breezy at the coast, upper 40s to low 50s, the rest of us brief break from the rain mid 50s today, rain comes back tomorrow that quickly. >> keeping an eye on your christmas eve morning commute across the board light out there, let's get you starred with this live look at 80 in berkeley, more cars on the road now than we've seen throughout the morning, certainly no stopping, no traffic, moving on to the golden gate bridge, thisly picture water droplets on the camera all morning, not raining per se out there and there are so few cars on the road as long as everyone takes their time and moves along, [ inaudible ] >>> this morning, good news and worrisome news along the creek that divides palo alto and east palo alto. good news is the water level has dropped significantly from yesterday's peak this is a live look at the creek from the palo alto side. last night, that creek was much higher as it drained storm runoff from the san mateo county highlands to the san francisco bay. the worrisome news is the swift water may have caused damage to the l
're undergoing a flood prevention project. the project uses bypasses to control the flof water. the area was under flood warning but napa never saw a river or creek water touch the streets. >> it can be dramatic and fast. it could create damage. >> instead of cleaning froors... we're getting packages ready to be ship i'd would venture to say it's saved cost in this flood. >> according to the plant the project should be completed but the funding trickles in every year from the federal government. so it's still years away from being finished. >> i'm sure one of the things we appreciate are the photos viewers sent in. they allow us to get images we might not get otherwise. among impressive photos showing this one. check out people paddling around ramp. looks like venice. joined by ducks. can you imagine? what are you doing here? taxi driver barry ne mailed thus picture. it's a street flooding sunday morning in pacific heights around post and fill more streets. and let's take a look at the strike now. pg&e reports 345,000 people are in the bay area. it was bad at one point. average rainfall
about what their marriage is going to be. >> the u.s. supreme court has said it will hear both cases, both proposition 8 case affecting california, and the defense of marriage act affecting everybody in the country. we expect a decision by june. mark matthews abc 7 news. >> right now in the south play bai, police trying to contact the owner of a youth consignment lot. we first brought you the story last night at 11:00. car owners are converging on sunnyvale motors looking for answers. the lot has been empty since sunday. the owner cannot be found. sunnyvale motors sold cars for owner who's turned over their pink slips. >> the car we're keeping. >> 40,000. >> 40,000s sndz. >> yes. >> they're in disbelief. they can't believe they've got swindled. it's sad listening to their story autos a mechanic says cars were towed off the lot on friday. the tow truck company told abc 7 news they're taken to auction. no charges have yet been filed against the owner. >> the police officer union says the department riched a dipping point.7)÷ >> saying the city is losing more experienced officers than
. police went door-to-door on us were sells -- on brussels street. terry mcsweeney will bring us the latest on this developing story in a live report coming up in 30 minutes. >>> man charged with the murder of missing morgan hill teenager sierra lamar is scheduled to face arraign this morning on additional charges that date back more than three years. 21-year-old antolin garcia-torres was arrested in may for sierra lamar's disappearance and murder based on dna. new charges happened in march of 2009 when he was 17. they involve three incidents that include attempted kidnapping and carjacking. >>> east bay city getting ready to decide whether medical marijuana patients should be allowed to grow pot outdoors. reports the concord city council will discuss the issue tomorrow night. this comes after a woman approached the council to complain about a neighbor growing medical marijuana outdoors. concord banned dispensaries in 2005 but that ordinance doesn't address outdoor grows. >>> in washington republicans and democrats far from a deal. sunday a slight ray of hope as mr. obama and house -- speak
is costing u.s. economy estimated $1pgañ billion per day in lost trades. truckers honoring ticket lines. clerical union says the únf$wguz is jobs being shipped overseas. the port says it's offering 600 clerksz lifetime job security. >> former command yefr a task force is pleading guilty. the attorney tells axe bc 7 news the client will admit to five counts tomorrow in oakland, welsh is accused of stealing drugs from evidence lockers trying to sell drugs on the streets. he was caught in a sting operation in february, last year with guilty plea, he faces a minimum of 10 years in prison. >> santa clara county board president wril have to immediately pay back nearly $13,000 after using his taxpayer funded credit cards for personal expenses. our media partner has obtained a scathing internal audit revealing supervisor wrapped up $36,000 in questionable charges in taking office in 2009. they include car rentals, and stays at casino hotel autos still ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00 net flix signs a deal with disney. >> arnold schwartzeneggar taking three? he fought global warming. >> later let s
° cooler than yesterday, low to mid 50s coast, mid 50s to low 60s for rest of us. >>> richmond in through albany and berkeley into the macarthur maze here's a live look, bunched up westbound 80 at the 580 merge otherwise things pick up past university into the macarthur maze. san mateo bridge getting busy westbound tail lights towards the highrise towards san mateo eastbound direction traffic flowing nicely just a little slow traffic from hayward towards foster city. slow out of antioch, typical, hillcrest to 242 in concord for this time of the morning. slow traffic out there al 0 grant line earlier spin-out cleared. roadwork still to be picked up in a few minutes eastbound dumbarton should be cleared momentarily. >>> new this morning, in a few hours the coast guard will be back out at mare island to search for the man who disappeared from a tugboat over the weekend. that's where we find amy hollyfield with more on the equipment crews plan on using itch >> reporter: the u.s. caught is going to be -- using a sonar video camera this morning to search the strait where they think they will fi
the hillsides and gravity went to work. 18 foot fell on pinehurst road. firefighters used chainsaws to take apart the trees. motor it's to ho found their way helped firefighters take apart that tree. >> carolyn: a hillside gave way. you can see the huge blockss blocked the road. fire officials are advising drivers to take easy and slow down while traveling the streets and roads in the east bay hills. >> dan: on the peninsula, engineers are making sure levees along the creek palo alto, east palo alto and menlo park are ready for the storms. terry mcsweeney has more. >> they looked at the home and hopes when santa comes tonight brings new carpeting. >> the neighbor comes knocking on my door and say the water coming. we opened all the gates and within seconds you had water this high in the front yard. >> the daughter was kicking back. >> police came into my house, we need to be evacuated. we start panicking because we have a baby. >> the waters have receded but the concerns have not. a spokesman for the menlo park fire protection says a levee along the creek have been damaged by the th
cannot do that tonight. and they need all of us right now. in the hard days to come the community needs us to be at our best as americans ask i will do everything in my power as president to help. >> the president ordered flags to be lowered to half staff in honor of the victims. he said america has endured too many tragedies and says meaningful action needs to be taken to prevent incidents like it regardless of the politic autos abc 7 news viewers expressing condolences to those touched by the tragedy on our face book page, we invite to you share your thoughts. >> but it's very difficult to express with words how devastating this tragedy is. >> yes. wayne freedman shows us the moments of raw emotion today, between headlines. >> this is the day when the names sandy hook elementary school and newtown, connecticut changed forever. once obscure, they're now infamous. >> like you, you know, you read it in the paper and see it in the news, you're like, oh, my god, then, you heard something happened close to home. it's like... i think i'm still in shock. >> but relieved shock as difficult as
. this is part of the system that is going to bring us rainfall tomorrow. storm totals since thursday, over 11 inches of rain in northern sonoma county, ben lomond, ten inches of rain. here is what is coming our way on radar image, high pressure pushing inland, it's bringing a mass of clouds and rainfall is expected tomorrow morning in the north bay. i'll give you the time line where the rain is expected a little later. >> carolyn: stay with "abc 7 news" for continuing coverage. spence her be back with the full forecast in just a few minutes. you can check live doppler 7-hd radar any time at abc7news.com. >> dan: breaking news, donner ski ranch was closed for the day after the death of a snowboarder from an avalanche he may have triggered. sheriff's deputies got a call about snowboard they're may have been caught in the avalanche. he was riding above the avalanche. the victim is described as man in his 50s from the truckee area. >> a water main break in mill valley left 20 homes. a sheet is partially covering the avenue. utility crews excavated the 12-inch water main and currently repairing it
will be stuck in the 40s for most of us today. we may get into the low 50s around the bay. >>> dry roads and light traffic, that is how we like friday morning. coming up with a shot of 80 to berkeley and macarthur maze. a little bit of bunching where they merge by golden gate fields but looking pretty good. greenville, road work, westbound is looking pretty good this morning. eastbound dumbarton road work until 6:00. north 101 on the other side of the bay, to 6:00 between 92 and third avenue. >> eric: in the news, new this morning, two big quakes rattled the southern california coast overnight. both struck at 2:36 this morning. they were seconds apart. 6 pontd 4 and 6.1 but they have downgraded them to 6.3 and 4.7. they were centered at least 88 miles southwest of catalina island. there is was no tsunami warning issued and people were shaken out of bed but so far no reports of damage or injury. >> students returning to two cupertino schools after a bomb scare skair will notice extra security. terry? >> additional sheriff's deputies will be here at montevista as well as lincoln elementary
. >>> right now you got that watch this video store owner on east coast used a vodka bottle to thwart a stick up. cameras caught the confrontation between the clerk and suspect robber told the clerk he a gun and demanded cash. the clerk complied and handed him the money, moments lateryño, another clerk bashed the robber on the head with the vodka bottle. the suspect ran and was later caught by police. authorities said the robber was cut up and bloodied when he was apprehended. >>> still ahead, calling it quits. longtime north bay area kong -- north bay congresswoman stepping -- congresswoman is stepping down after 20 years in the house. ♪ ♪ amazing grace how sweet the sound ♪ >>> music proves to be good medicine for former president george h.w. bush. the good news from his doctors about his lengthy hospital stay. >>> plus, michael finney gives resolution to stay fit a >>> welcome back. let's break down this last day of 2012. good morning, frosty areas especially inland through 7:00, 32 there upper 30s to loxzit 40s for the coast around the bay. upper 40s noon high clouds and sunshine,
-like conditions in the nation's heartland could make travel difficult. wendy gillette joins us live from new york city. >> reporter: good morning. the national weather service has received reports of 34 tornadoes in four states, now this powerful system is moving east. this is just one of more than 30 reported tornadoes that touched down on christmas day. leaving heavy damage. this one roared through alabama -- mobile, alabama tearing down parts of the church and downtown businesses. another twister hit mississippi, blowing insulation into trees and%khç peeling back walls of homes. there were some injuries reported, no deaths. >> judging from some of the damage we witnessed today it is a miracle that no one was hurt any worse than they were. >> reporter: further east in the state in stone county, theresa and her boyfriend took shelter in their truck. >> started jerking us and spinning us. >> reporter: the same fast-moving storms brought braise -conditions to parts of the country's mid section, causing 21 vehicle pile-up in oklahoma city, the system is heading east bringing treacherous conditions
maldonado for the loss of her daughter and her parents. she told us she has no warning a fire has started and she didn't hear any alarms. the families were joined by their family with the rosary. all three died in a fire that destroyed the second floor apartment on bridgeport court in west san jose. cecilia maldonado lost her parents and child in a single night. >> the fire alarm didn't go off. >> she says she tried to save them. >> i know my brother's room was on fire. i ran out and tried to get the fire distinguisher and broke the glass. i couldn't put it out. >> she says kyra decided to sleep in her parents' back bedroom. >> they took care of me and my baby. >> the two-alarm fire started 11:00 p.m. on saturday and was quickly put out by the more than 50 firefighters who responded. two other people were taken to a local hospital as was a san jose police officer who suffered smoke inhalation after rescuing a resident. this man who declined to give his name lived below the apartment. he came by to get what he could salvage. he says he and his girlfriend woke up to screams. >> we freaked o
to the supreme court to be more level headed and more royal to their boss, the u.s. constitution. >> both sides do agree on one thing. the fate will likely race on a californian who decides controversial cases. >> the swing vote is anthony kennedy from sacramento. >> i think he's our hope. >> high court we'll take a look at the constitutional of doma which shuts doubt benefits for same-sex marriage couples ruling foz both cases expected by june. >> thank you. >> defense of marriage act signed into law in 1996. in february, 2004, san francisco began)cuh issuing same-sex marriage licenses until an order to stop in march. in 2005 california legislature passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. but waits vetoed by governor schwartzeneggar. three years later put to a vote. prop 8 passes banning same-sex marriage. and 2010, prop 8 ruled unconstitutional. >> we'll have more on the question at 6:00. let's move on to other news. a major road in eastern contra costa county is closed because of a fatal car crash. sky 7 is over the scene. you're looking at aftermath of a terrible head on collision. the c
driver was racing. abc7 news reporter lilian kim shows us the damage. >> it was quiet in their funeral chapel. a memorial service was just getting underway. he is one of the funeral directors. >> we are about to start a celebration of life for one of our clients. and all of a sudden we heard a loud rumbling sound. >> that rumbling noise was the sound of a 1974 chevy nova crashing into the building and wiping out the front lobby. the 16-year-old driver and his passenger was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and so was a man attending the service. he suffered a broken leg. concord police say all was the result of what appears to have been two 16-year-olds racing. >> the preliminary reports from witnesses suggest there were two cars involved possibly in a speed contest down clayton road with one losing control and ending up in the building behind me. >> those in the funeral home say it could have been worse. most of the people have made their way past the lobby and into the chapel except a few employees who came very close to getting hurt. >> we were in the lobby literally five
collection boxes on campus. good morning, everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm carolyn tyler. let's start with a quick first look at the whether with our meteorologist lisa argen. >> hi there, carolyn. good morning, everyone. >> mostly cloudy skies right now. here's a look at emeryville. due to the veil of thin, high clouds, temperatures dropped everywhere. we do a 50 in san jose, but still some 30s up in the north and east bay. the numbers range from mid-30s to around 50 under mostly cloudy skies. fog not much of a factor. once we see the clouds move out, we will see plenty of sunshine. and temperatures today warmer. in fact we are looking at mid-to upper 60s. that will keep us anywhere from five to eight degrees above the average. then tonight with mainly clear sky we will drop off early into the 50s. i'll tell you how long this little warming trend is going to last and when we will see rain arrive again in our forecast. that's coming up later. carolyn. >> thank you, lisa. a prom meant charity finds themselves under attack this morning as their important holiday drive kicks into
. >> reporter: firefighters from station 24 quickly cleared the tree using multiple saws to attack it from different angles. if in a show of true holiday spirit, motorists that were not allowed to pass offered a help helping hand. proving that nothing is too big to move when you work together. >> that was a true sign of holiday spirit. now, the break in the rain is only temporary. according to weather team, we could see more rain in the days to come. further weakening already weak root systems. >> dan: that is what we can expect. thanks so much. in east palo alto, folks are mopping up from a flood tonight. while engineers try to prevent another one. the creek jumped its bank and levee last night. heather ishimaru is live with a look at the emergency work being done there right now. >> reporter: dan, we are on east bayshore above the creek. at this time last night was on its way up these banks getting ready to rise above the banks and cross over to 101. we have just learned that the california conservation corps is coming to help the city of east palo alto with sandbagging and repairs to th
a situation just south of t petaluma road. caltrans tells us highway will remain closed until water recedes whenever that may be. >> farther up the coast this is highway 162. near where the weather opened up a billing hole in the roadway. both lanes washed out. it and looks like big rig had to be pulled out. these pictures on facebook today by the sheriff's department. >> let's check in now with john alston live tonight. john, the surf has been rough there, today. >> this will continue to be rough there. is a high surf advisory in effect. they're expecting swells between 16 and 19 feet, wind and rain made for a nasty day. this is not a day at the beach for ken in san francisco. >> oh, oh. >> i'm ready and taking this down. >> waves and high surf did not scare off a few surfers in rockaway beach. it was a risky afternoon. and these guys took a beating. fisherman won't go go near open seas. gale warning flag tells them what they need to know. >> it's windy. no. no one should be out like this. there are gale warnings up today, everyone is in port. >> that is rob cranka. >> i got crabs i'm hold
. skies are mostly cloudy so we aren't looking at as much fog this morning. the wind shift will allow us to warm up today. we will see numbers warmer than yesterday. we will be in the mid-to upper 60s, above the advantage. tonight with a few clouds around we will keep the fog out of the bay. temperatures will be slightly up tonight and we are on our way to a couple of warmer averages. i'll tell you when the rain is coming pack all coming up. carolyn. >> thank you, lisa. a famous charity under attack this morning. critics say when you drop money in the salvation army's red kettle you are supporting an organization that's anti-gay. we are joined live from u.c. berkeley where some students are raising those concerns. >> that's right, carolyn. some students say the salvation army is anti-gay so they don't want the charity on their campus and they don't want their fellow students supporting it. it's actually a push by the student senate that bans the bell ringers on the campus this holiday season. that's after they accused them of discriminating against gay and lesbians in their shelter. last
situation, branches on power lines that run through backyards. >> preaching for us is a year round, we trim 1.2 million truz throughout northern and central california. as rain starts, we'll be out here, continuing to trim. >> back live prks national weather service maintained that high surf advisory through 4:00 tomorrow afternoon, involving swells of 16 to 19 feet high. the weather service telling people not to fish off jetties or fish off the beaches because they can be dragged into the ocean. flif pacifica, abc 7 news. >> thank you. >> a close call for a track driver when a big chunk of roadway gave out underneath the big rig on/aex highway 162. a huge sink hole gave way, swallowing back axel, breaking truck apart. the sheriffs say the driver was not injured and a portion of the highway is closed with people who live in the area rerouted along a dirt road. cal transhopes to have the road passable by tomorrow. >> this big sink hole cruise have been working around the clock. now, take a look. 19 days later, the road is repaired. the job done four day as head of schedule that. is the mayo
tried to runxxf. amy hollyfield will bring us an update live from the scene at 6:30 >>> contra costa county deputies hope someone will help them find a man who escaped during a chase. the car crashed through a fence into a tree in bay point y no stop the man who they say is a parolee he took off and wrecked his car deputies surrounded the area near able to find him. >>> happeningal÷&vju canbgoay leave your clipper card home today muni offering free rides. this is all to celebratewa0y the agency's 100th birthday with what a party that was, as i recall. >> reporter: heck of a party)1ze eric. most birthday parties you bring a gift to theqfç honored guest this time muni is doing it in reverse turning 100 and giving free rides. take a look at some of the stuff it operates, buses, °0" muni's 100th birthday. that's a lot of partying considering it has 700,000 riders everyday. historic street cars traveling along the city, they've been celebrating the birthday for a couple months, kind of moving away from the inner core of the city into the neighborhoods more and more of them as a6bqñ
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